Niantic announced today that its App Store hit, Pokémon GO will receive a major update "later this week." The update will add 80 new Johto region Pokémon from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. The new Pokémon will feature gender-specific variations, more ways to evolve, and feature more reactions while being caught.
Today kicks off Niantic's Pokémon GO Valentine's Day event. During the 7-day event, Pokémon trainers will earn double the amount of Candy every time they hatch or transfer a Pokémon. Other Valetnine's Day perks include six hour Lure Modules, more pink Pokémon, like Chansey and Clefable, in the wild, and Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will most likely hatch from eggs.
Pokémon GO has been spotted on Google Play and the New Zealand App Store. Several sources are reporting that the long awaited augmented reality game from Niantic is set to land on the US App Store sometime today. However, iPad owners may want to check the official New Zealand App Store description, as the game is not optimized for tablets. This does not mean Pokémon GO does not support the iPad. It actually supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later, but the game is better played on your iPhone. This is because the idea of Pokémon GO is to be able to capture Pokémon in the real world. The app sends a vibration to your device when a Pokémon is nearby and you must use a Poké Ball to catch it. You already run the risk of looking silly walking around your neighborhood catching Pokémon, but it will be even worse if you're doing it on a 9.7-inch tablet.
The popular Pokémon Trading Card Game will get a major expansion on February 4, according to IGN. The new series will be called "Primal Clash" and it will feature 160 new cards including Primal Reversions. According to the Pokémon Wiki, a Primal Reversion is "similar to Mega Evolution, except that the Pokémon goes back into its ancient and original form, where it regains its true, ultimate power it formerly had". Primal Reservations were introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the Nintendo 3DS. Only Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX have these forms so far.
The expansion will also include two new theme decks, twenty-five trainer cards and two Special Energies, according to IGN.
Pokémon TCG Online has finally landed on the U.S. App Store after soft launching in Canada and slowly rolling out over various iTunes regions earlier today. PTCGO is based on the original Game Boy Color game that was eventually turned into an online version for Mac and Windows. Not only is this the first Pokémon game released to iOS devices, it is also exciting news because the Pokémon Company is a subsidiary of Nintendo. As most Nintendo fans already know, the company has expressed much disinterest in releasing mobile versions of their games.
Pokémon TCG Online requires an internet connection to work, and it only supports iOS 7.0 or later running on an or iPad 3 or later and iPad mini with Retina display. It is a trading card game where players can play head-to-head or against a computer opponent to unlock more cards to build the ultimate Grass, Fire, or Water decks.
UPDATE: The Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available for the iPad "later this year," according to Kataku.com.
The Pokémon Company has confirmed that the Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad, but the company did not "provide a timeline for its release," according to Polygon. The new version of the game was first spotted at the the Pokémon World Championship in Washington D.C. by Twitter user Josh Wittenkeller. Wittenkeller tweeted an image of TCG online being played on a white iPad with the message:
"It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon"
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is based on the popular collectible card game released by Wizards of the Coast in the '90s. TCG was first launched as a video game to the Game Boy Color and then as an online version for Mac and Windows. Pokémon TCGO allows players to use their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts to build custom decks and battle against other players online.